The decision to draft running backs mired in committee situations is difficult enough for fantasy owners.
Now it appears we can add Marion Barber to the list of runners who’s stock is on the decline.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones admitted that Barber’s recent proneness to injuries could alter how carries are distributed in the future according to a report on the Dallas Morning News.
“We have had an injury issue there at the end of each of the last two seasons,” Jones said. “That may have something to do with the amount of time we can give the other backs. That could impact that decision.”
Fantasy owners couldn’t trust Barber for most of the 2009 season, as injuries dragged his stock down to the point of him being almost unstartable down the stretch.
In fact, Felix Jones became the most valuable back in Dallas late in the season.
The Arkansas product has always had potential, but he’s also had his own problem with injuries. And let’s not forget about Tashard Choice, who proved in the past that he can be a viable fantasy option when allowed a chance.
How this situation plays out remains to be seen, but it could be Choice that sees more work on passing downs while Barber and Jones share the early-down work.
In other words, we’re going to be looking another dreaded RBBC straight in the face.
If the Cowboys continue to use the same offensive philosophies that led them to the Divisional Round of the playoffs, however, the duo of Tony Romo and Miles Austin will be the big fantasy names in Big D.